Coach Dave’s Recap of Ultimate Reset Week 1
I am nailing this third round of the Ultimate Reset so far! I wanted to put together a post on the Ultimate Reset Week to provide some encouraging impressions to anyone considering this 21 day cleanse.
I am pleasantly surprised and very appreciative of how gentle the cleanse has been. I’ve done many cleanses in the past and all of them were quite harsh. This one is by FAR the easiest!
About the Ultimate Reset
The Ultimate Reset Cleanse consists of eating super healthy and delicious meals, drinking a lot of water, and taking supplements designed to increase your body’s alkalinity and restore it’s pH.
The meals are really easy to prepare. The key is to design your meals and do the prep ahead of time to set yourself up for success. The food has been really good—especially the salads. I could eat them every day with some chicken! We will definitely keep some of the recipes in our regular meal rotation for quite some time, especially the Zucchini Cashew Soup. (So simple and so delicious!)
The supplement protocol is also really simple. We only had to consult the Nutrition Plan sheet for the first two days before it just came naturally.
Both Monica and I experienced some withdrawals from caffeine and chocolate, but they were very mild and nothing to worry about. Just like Monica says in the video below, these cravings allowed us to realize the associations created by habits. And, as the cliché says, knowledge is power.
Before we dive into the videos from this round, check out this video from our very first Ultimate Reset Week 1 back in 2012:
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Recap
The 21 Day Fix and the Ultimate Reset are two very different programs, but what I like about both of them is that they both teach you healthy habits that can last a lifetime if you choose to keep them in play. I am definitely hoping to continue some of the healthy routines after the Ultimate Reset is done.
One of the healthy habits that I walked away with from the Ultimate Reset was the Alkalinize supplement. It is basically a shot of wheatgrass that keeps your body’s pH levels alkaline as opposed to acidic (which is not good for your overall health and has been attributed to cancer).
There are people out there who are super apprehensive to start a program like the Ultimate Reset, mainly because they are worried about what the meal plan will include. As I mentioned above, the meals are super yummy and simple. One of my favorites is a the fruit bowl with strawberries, blueberries and half an apple. Refreshing, right? Another breakfast option is oatmeal with apples, yogurt, and maple syrup. A delicious start to the day.
I urge you not to overcomplicate things with the Reset. Go through the book, check out the recipes, and stick with the foods you like. Do not buy something you won’t enjoy making and eating. If you have to, prepare certain meals twice.
Getting Organized for Ultimate Reset Week 1
I want to help make the Ultimate Reset meal plan more manageable for you by passing along some useful tips.
Here’s a situation that came up for me—I was supposed to have salmon and asparagus for dinner, but the store was out of salmon so I changed it up to southwestern veggie tacos instead.
This is totally okay to do in case you don’t have access to a specific ingredient on a specific day OR if you don’t like some of the foods in the book. You just have to make sure you stay within the same weekly menu. You are allowed to have ALL the foods and snacks in a given week, so you can mix it up in a way that works for you.
Here’s my video on getting organized for Ultimate Reset Week 1:
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 2
On Day 2, I made some slight changes to my breakfast. I was supposed to have some oatmeal with blueberries, yogurt, and maple syrup—but, I opted for golden raspberries instead and I added some almond milk to make it creamier. So good!
I have some foods that I just absolutely cannot handle, like beets. So, I didn’t torture myself and eat them. Instead, I had a meal that I am allowed to have, because it is within the same menu for the week.
This is a process of enjoyment—not torture. If you’re not sure if you’ll like something or not, try it. Maybe you’ll make new healthy food discoveries that you will continue eating after the Reset is over.
I encourage you to be adventurous, make the adjustments you need to make, and enjoy this time that you decided to dedicate to complete the Ultimate Reset!
Here’s my video on the Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 2:
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 3
My third day of the Reset was great! I enjoyed the awesome meal today, which was salmon and asparagus with some potatoes. SO good! I was supposed to have it on Day 1, but I changed things up a bit because I can! You can too, and you can also have the same meals twice if you so desire.
I’d like to emphasize that this is a time to take care of yourself. Do the things you enjoy—go on your favorite hike, watch your favorite movie, etc. Make sure you are not torturing yourself, but you’re eating and doing things that you do like.
Now, let me talk a moment about temptation. You’ve got to stay away from guilty pleasures. Last night, there was a bag of candy right in front of me and I had to force myself to say NO. I want you to do the same. Stay strong and try not to break any rules that will set you off the Ultimate Reset path. The results will be amazing!
You will notice some great changes, such as going to bed earlier and waking up with a clear mind. Then, there’s the amazing changes that are happening inside your body. This Reset is an awesome way to get cleansed and refreshed so stick with it—it’s SO worth the effort!
Here’s my Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 3 video:
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 5
Today I went through our weekly menu to see what is coming up.
On Day 6, I’ll be having tempeh, avocado, salad, and the roasted root medley. The thing about tempeh is that you either love it or hate it. I kind of like it. I don’t like beets, so I’ll leave them out of the root medley.
On Day 7, we will have oatmeal with apple, the zucchini cashew soup, and tempeh. Again, I just love the zucchini cashew soup for many reasons—it is super tasty, easy to make, and it will teach you how to make soups.
In Phase 2, which starts on Day 8, animal protein is off the menu. We will be vegetarians for that day and will eat a bowl of fruit, salad, pinto beans and rice, zucchini, and green beans. I suggest making extra pinto beans and rice so you don’t have to make it again the next day. Other dinner options are sweet potato and roasted red pepper soup.
On Day 10, we will have fruit, salad, and quinoa lentil pilaf. Day 11 includes more fruit, quinoa lentil pilaf with cucumber and tomato salad. That is definitely one of my favorites.
Also, the miso soup is super good. If you are making a stir-fry, you buy the miso paste, which is the main ingredient of the soup and add a little bit of Miso paste in your stir-fry.
On Day 12, we’re supposed to have beets. I won’t do that! On Day 13, we will make kabocha squash for lunch and for breakfast we will have spinach.
The toughest things on the menu are tempeh and beets. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory and easy to make. If you are not a fan of tempeh and beets, simply eat something else.
I recommend you go and get yourselves some good tea. I got a vanilla flavored tea and it helps me when I start craving coffee. It calms me down and I feel great!
Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 7
My first week of the Reset was a really successful one for me. I got through the whole week without cheating—no coffee, no wine, no steak—and I felt so good. I really enjoyed the delicious Ultimate Reset food.
One important topic I want to touch on is exercise. A lot people believe that you are not supposed to exercise while you’re doing the Ultimate Reset, which is wrong. You are encouraged to move around, go for walks, and do the exercise you enjoy. It’s just not advised that you do a program like Insanity or Body Beast, which are very vigorous and will make your body create lactic acid. During the Ultimate Reset, the aim is to help the body flush out all the toxins and literally reset your organs by giving them a break from protein and carbs. Forcing your body to produce lactic acid defeats the purpose of the cleanse.
The Detox packet is not my favorite, mainly due to the taste. But, it’s a part of the process and very necessary during Phase 2, so just take it. They made it a little tastier by adding Stevia and natural lemon flavoring.
Here’s my Ultimate Reset Week 1 Day 7 video:
Prepping for Week 2 of Ultimate Reset
The end of Ultimate Reset Week 1 is a good time to step on the scale and take your measurements to check your results so far. Mine were awesome! I lost about 10 pounds while eating super healthy, delicious and satisfying food. (Much of this weight loss was water weight, but that’s okay with me!)
The sorta bad news is that Week 2 requires drinking Detox—a packet of powder that is essential during this process. I have to admit, I am not a fan of it. I just dislike the taste. So, I just chug it and I suggest you do the same.
Drinking A LOT of water is essential during the Ultimate Reset. Some of you might know that the body is able to retain up to 8 pounds of water, simply because it is unsure of whether or not you are going to drink enough throughout the day. Once you start drinking enough water, your body begins to trust you and will release that excess water and you will drop those extra (water) pounds in no time.
Here’s my weight loss recap video:
My Final Words on Ultimate Reset Week 1
It’s been said that it takes 21 days to establish new habits. In this case, those habits are preparing your own meals and taking excellent care of your health. I am thrilled to be on track with this on this round of the Ultimate Reset!
I hope this Ultimate Reset Week 1 recap was helpful for you. The next phase will be all about detoxification. I’ll be back to give you more updates in the future. In the meantime, you can learn more about—and purchase—about the Ultimate Reset here: